Koreeda Plans Korean Film with Top Stars

  • By Baik Su-jin

    August 27, 2020 13:23

    Japanese star director Hirokazu Koreeda is to work with top Korean actors Song Kang-ho, Kang Dong-won and Bae Doo-na.

    Koreeda, who won the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for "Shoplifters," is working on his first Korean film tentatively titled, "Broker."

    From left, Hirokazu Koreeda, Song Kang-ho and Bae Doo-na

    "Broker" is a movie about a "baby box," where mothers who feel unable to raise a child can drop off their babies anonymously for adoption. Koreeda has been working on the script for five years with Korean collaborators.

    He and Bae worked together previously on "Air Doll" in 2009, where she plays a sex doll that comes to life, and Koreeda at the time joked that if he were to work with Bae again, he would give her the role of a human being.

    "Since I met Song at the Busan International Film Festival and Kang when he came to Tokyo, I've kept in touch with them in Tokyo, Seoul, Busan, and Cannes. In the beginning, it was just exchanging hellos, but our friendships deepened with time and naturally led to working together in films," Koreeda said.

    "My heart is pounding with excitement right now, working on the script for three great actors. I hope to share this excitement with everyone by making a thrilling, aching and sorrowful movie," he added.

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